More than seventy short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author include stories with trick endings; dreamlike, intensely atmospheric stories; stories that crystalize themes from his longer works; autobiographical stories; and stories exploring aspects of the fantastic
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Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1899 and before World War II had established himself as his country's leading novelist. After the war he continued to publish major novels, including Thousand Cranes, The Sound of the Mountain, and The Old Capital (North Point, 1987).
Nobel laureate Kawabata is best known in the West for such novels as Snow Country and Thousand Cranes, yet his short stories, written over 50 years, seem to contain his essence as a writer. Here sensitively translated are 70 of them, most written in Kawabata's youth and usually no more than a page or two in length, though the last one, "Gleanings from Snow Country," is somewhat longer and was written just before Kawabata's suicide in 1972; it is a miniaturization of the highly praised novel of the same name. The tales are variously realistic, allegorical and fantastic; and, as in the novels, the principal themes are love, loneliness, social change, man's relation with nature and death. Each story exhibits some sharp and often subtle perception of life (in Kawabata's world, stillness can "resound" and men listening to a woman's laugh can experience "a strange kind of aural jealousy"); and each, like a haiku or classic Zen painting, suggests far more than it states.
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Book Description North Point Pr, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0865473250
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